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  • New Year's Address by Vaclav Havel to his Nation (Prague, January 1, 1990)

    12/19/2011 9:45:48 AM PST · by No One Special · 4 replies
    The Prague Castle ^ | January 1, 1990 | Vaclav Havel
    My dear fellow citizens, For forty years you heard from my predecessors on this day different variations on the same theme: how our country was flourishing, how many million tons of steel we produced, how happy we all were, how we trusted our government, and what bright perspectives were unfolding in front of us. I assume you did not propose me for this office so that I, too, would lie to you. Our country is not flourishing. The enormous creative and spiritual potential of our nations is not being used sensibly. Entire branches of industry are producing goods that are...
  • Czechs will look to EU to defend nuclear push-CEZ

    10/20/2011 8:59:50 PM PDT · by Rabin
    Reuters ^ | Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:10am EDT | Jana Mlcochova
    PRAGUE, Oct 19 (Reuters) - The Czech Republic will look to the European Union to defend its nuclear expansion plans and fend off growing opposition from neighbouring Germany and Austria...Toshiba Corp unit Westinghouse, an alliance of Russia's Atomstroyexport and Czech company Skoda JS, and France's Areva , are bidding to build the units in the biggest-ever Czech procurement deal.
  • Czechs withdraw from US missile-defense plans

    06/16/2011 7:07:07 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 6 replies
    HotAir ^ | 6/16/11 | Ed Morrissey
    Count the Czech Republic out of any American missile-defense system in Europe. The Czechs formally withdrew from the missile-defense partnership with the US, prompting one lawmaker in Prague to complain that “the current administration doesn’t take the Czech Republic seriously.” They see the Obama administration as more concerned with appeasing Russia
  • Czechs defend arousal testing of gay refugees

    12/08/2010 10:36:50 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 8, 2010
    PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech government has rejected EU criticism of its use of a rare test of the credibility of gay asylum seekers. The Vienna-based European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights says the Czech Republic is the only known EU country to use so-called "phallometric testing." The method tests whether men seeking asylum on the grounds of homosexuality are sexually aroused by heterosexual pornographic material.
  • Czechs resist pressure to ratify EU treaty

    06/18/2008 11:17:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 203+ views
    Reuters ^ | Monday, June 16, 2008 | Jan Lopatka (Editing by Giles Elgood)
    The Czech Republic resisted pressure on Monday to quickly ratify the European Union's reform treaty after its defeat by Irish voters, and kept its options open on how to proceed with the charter... Czech Republic... eurosceptic President Vaclav Klaus and some others in his ruling Civic Democratic Party said the Irish vote meant the treaty was dead and should be abandoned. Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, a Civic Democrat who signed the treaty for the Czech Republic, said there could be no hurrying a decision on how to go forward but it was clear the treaty would not enter force on...
  • Czechs head Central Europe's catch-up quartet in race for Western riches

    04/27/2008 9:20:17 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 4 replies · 112+ views
    AFP ^ | Sun Apr 27 | by Chris Johnstone
    PRAGUE (AFP) - Czechs are in pole position to overturn decades of post-war economic decline and stagnation to become the first citizens of a former Communist bloc country to attain Western levels of prosperity. Catch-up with the West can be achieved within a decade, according to the latest upbeat report on the Central European country published by the 30-strong OECD this week. "The gap could close within a decade," the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development predicted. That step, coming after the Czech Republic overtook Portugal's economic performance in 2004, the same year it entered the European Union, would be...
  • Czech Orthodox Church commemorates St. Gorazd's death under Nazis (Sheltered Heydrich's assassins)

    10/19/2007 10:15:36 PM PDT · by Terirem · 5 replies · 153+ views
    serbianna.com ^ | Tuesday, September 04, 2007 8:49 PM | Czech News Agency
    Czech Orthodox Church commemorates St. Gorazd's death under Nazis Czech News Agency Tuesday, September 04, 2007 8:49 PM Prague, Sept 4 (CTK) - The Czech Orthodox Church today held two events commemorating the 65th anniversary of the martyrdom of Bishop Gorazd, who was tortured to death by Gestapo on September 4, 1942 and declared saint in 1987. Bishop Gorazd was in charge of the St Cyril and Methodius church in Prague, in whose crypt he provided hiding to Czech parachutists after their successful attempt to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi Reichsprotector of Bohemia and Moravia, in May 1942. The parachutists died...
  • Czechs Give Go-Ahead For US 'Son Of Star Wars' Base

    01/21/2007 6:49:28 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 507+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-22-2007 | Ian Trayor
    Czechs give go-ahead for US 'son of stars wars' base · Prague says move is good for European security· Russia threatens to review its own missile defences Ian Traynor, Europe editor Monday January 22, 2007 The Guardian (UK) The Czech government has announced that it wants to host a large US military site for the Pentagon's much-criticised missile shield system, confirming for the first time that Washington had asked Prague for permission to build a radar site for the national missile defence programme. Russia had warned earlier this month that any extension of the US missile project to eastern...
  • Marines rescue Syrian driver captured in August with French journalists

    11/12/2004 10:33:34 AM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies · 3,569+ views
    AP ^ | 11/12/4 | EDWARD HARRIS
    FALLUJAH -- A Syrian found handcuffed in Fallujah and rescued by U.S. Marines was kidnapped with two French journalists in August, and has told authorities he last saw the Frenchmen a month ago -- the first confirmed word on the captives since they disappeared in August. Marines sweeping through Fallujah as part of a major U.S. offensive against insurgents located Mohammed al-Joundi, the U.S. military said, but there was no sign of journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot. The Marines said the Syrian, who was found late Thursday, told them he was separated from the journalists a month ago. The...
  • Czechs cheesed off with EU rules

    09/19/2004 7:30:45 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 25 replies · 866+ views
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, 16 September, 2004
    Two Czech farmers have come up with an ingenious way to get around European Union regulations which they say are threatening their livelihood. Petr Hajek and Pavel Stepanek from the southern Bohemia region used to make a good living from sales of their goats' cheese, made to an old family recipe. But since the country joined the European Union on 1 May things have become more difficult. The men are unable to meet strict EU standards and so are prevented from selling their cheese for human consumption. "If I wanted to sell goats' cheese to people officially, I would have...
  • Czechs, Irish vote as EU polls sweep on

    06/11/2004 11:15:28 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 163+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | June 12, 2004
    Czech and Irish voters went to the polls on the second day of European Parliament elections, clouded by fears of a rise in the eurosceptic vote as the enlarged EU faces major decisions about its future. The Czech Republic was the first of 10 mostly ex-communist European Union newcomer states to begin voting in the elections, which are to climax Sunday when most states in the newly-expanded bloc will go to the polls amid fears of a low voter turn-out. The elections, coming six weeks after the EU's landmark May 1 enlargement, kicked off on Thursday in the Netherlands and...
  • NEW CLAIM OF IRAQ-QAEDA TIE

    03/01/2003 12:29:36 AM PST · by kattracks · 9 replies · 805+ views
    New York Post ^ | 3/01/03 | JOHN LEHMANN
    <p>March 1, 2003 -- A Manhattan federal judge heard yesterday how Iraq had trained Islamic terrorists at a secret camp where simulated hijackings were carried out.</p> <p>Lawyers for families of two Sept. 11 victims suing Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden for more than $1 million said al Qaeda officials had meetings with Iraqis including Saddam.</p>
  • INSIDE THE RING: IRAQ-AL QAEDA LINK

    10/18/2002 11:39:29 AM PDT · by aristeides · 12 replies · 193+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Oct. 18, 2002 | Bill Gertz & Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The Czech government continues to insist that al Qaeda terrorist Mohamed Atta met in Prague with an Iraqi intelligence officer months before the September 11 attacks.</p> <p>The meeting between Atta, and Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim Samir Ani, an Iraqi intelligence officer, is the only reported link between the September 11 hijackers and a foreign intelligence service.</p>